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Kasher in the Rye by Moshe Kasher
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Jun 19, 12

Read from June 13 to 19, 2012

Picked up the book because the author grew up and hung out in the neighborhoods I have inhabited for the past twenty years. His story is a familiar but very well told narrative arc of the junkie redeemed.

Kahser's life is resonant in the ways in which he is able to identify and own the aspects of a difficult start in life (e.g. divorce, drugs, deaf parents, etc.) and tell his story relevantly at each stage in the decent into chaos.

Best of all, he spent very little time on the recovery. The lion's share of the book is his literally running wild in North Oakland, the lessons he slowly digests over the years and then the turn to sobriety. The recovery part of most junkie books is boring, it would have been anti-climactic in this text as well, which is why I think Kasher really did a great job editing down the text to the very best parts.

One of the better memoirs I have read of 2011-12!

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Amy Just a funny coincidence—both of your
most recent "to read" books are in the window at Powell's. When are you two going to bring Luxmi to the readingest town around? Would love to see you here...


Sheehan Love it! Just hearing "Powell's" warms my heart...we are gonna have to do a trip someplace before Indira goes back to school...

Kasher is pretty enjoyable, daddy book is pretty dry, but informative...


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